Smokey Robinson

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Wrote famous songs forming the 'motown' sound. Songs most covered include 'tears of a clown', 'tracks of my tears', 'crusin'

Annotation last modified on 2005-08-03 04:22 UTC.

Legal name: William Robinson, Jr. (Smokey Robinson)


William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group The Miracles, for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as The Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the stage to focus on his role as Motown's vice president.

However, Robinson returned to the music industry as a solo artist the following year, later scoring Top 10 solo hits such as "Cruisin'" (1979), "Being With You" (1981) and "Just to See Her" (1987). Following the sale of Motown Records in 1988, Robinson left Motown in 1990. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1973 Smokey 1
1974 Pure Smokey 2
1975 A Quiet Storm 1
1979 Where There's Smoke 1
1981 Being With You 1
1984 Essar 1
1986 Being With You / Where There's Smoke 1
1986 Smoke Signals 1
1987 One Heartbeat 1
1990 Love, Smokey 1
1991 Double Good Everything 1
2004 Food For The Spirit 1 1
2006 Timeless Love 1
2009 Time Flies When You're Having Fun 1
2014 Smokey & Friends 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1990 Smokey / A Quiet Storm Compilation 1
1990 The Tracks of My Tears: The Best Of Compilation 2
1995 Motown Legends: Cruisin' / Being With You Compilation 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Smokey Robinson Compilation 1
2001 The Solo Anthology Compilation 1
2005 My World: The Definitive Collection Compilation 1
Anthology Compilation 1
Blame It on Love & All the Greatest Hits Compilation 1
The Ultimate Collection Compilation 5 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
2012 Great Songs And Performances That Inspired The Motown 25th Anniversary Television Special 1

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